Unitary state, devolution, autonomy, secession: State building and nation building in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

  title={Unitary state, devolution, autonomy, secession: State building and nation building in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea},
  author={Yashika Ghai and Anthony J. Regan},
  journal={The Round Table},
  pages={589 - 608}
Abstract This paper compares the experience of two main attempts to accommodate secessionist pressures in Bougainville, a sub-national island unit of Papua New Guinea (PNG). In 1976 constitutionally based devolution was established on a largely uniform basis for Bougainville and PNG's 18 other provinces. A 2001 agreement to end a secessionist war has resulted in constitutionally guaranteed asymmetrical autonomy and a right to a deferred referendum on independence for Bougainville. The paper… 

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